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OEM-equivalent backup-camera system
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about how I'd had a backup-camera system installed on my RAV4. The original setup included a Boyo VTL 275 license-plate camera and a Boyo VTM 600 LCD display mirror. I had a couple of problems with this mirror: (1) glare and (2) shake. Glare in the mirror made it hard to see the LCD display. I found I either had to tilt my head up or tilt the mirror down. Since the Boyo mirror was mounted on the car's OEM mirror, I eventually hit on the latter method, flipping the OEM mirror to night-time angle while backing up for better rearview camera viewing in the day time. But because the Boyo mirror was mounted on and clamped to the OEM mirror, and because the OEM mirror's ball joint was not tight enough, I found that the Boyo mirror would jiggle constantly while I was driving. The shake was pronounced enough that it was hard to ignore and consequently annoying.
So today I upgraded, returning the Boyo mirror (the shop was nice enough to take it back and give me a credit for it) and replacing the Toyota OEM rearview mirror with a new, auto-dimming, LCD backup camera-display rearview mirror (Gentex, Model No. GENK352). This mirror has a 3.5-inch display in the left-hand corner, which is big enough to spot anything behind you with about a 170-degree field of vision. There's no glare to obscure the display and no mirror shake. All in all, an excellent solution, although it didn't come cheap. See photos of the mirror and license-plate backup camera below.
'07 Blizzard Pearl RAV4 Limited; 6-cylinder, 4WD (Retired)
2012 Camry Hybrid XLE
2010 AWD Lexus RX 450h
Last edited by Aptos Driver; 03-30-2011 at 06:19 PM.